Batman v Superman, tells the story of a Batman and Superman collision…or does it? The title can be considered misleading, but from what I gathered, it is simply not that literal and it was used for marketing purposes. In the end it’s a movie about a world where the existence of superman and batman is not a secret and their presence on earth, is far from acceptable by everyone.
Ben Affleck is great as Batman and a very intriguing Bruce Wayne. He carries himself very well in the film and makes us feel his anger and understand his state of mind, without needing the stupid explanation scenes that I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about the lack of. They let us fill in the gaps ourselves and Affleck does superbly well in exploring that part of Batman. Henry Cavill is again a beast of a man, but he also gives a strong performance, from within the limitations of the role of Superman and Clark Kent. We can sense his feelings, understand his thinking, through his power and suit.
The visuals in this movie, are fantastic, as one would expect from a Zack Snyder direction. Nevertheless, he has upped his game, a notch further. The movie is beautiful to take in and continues with that darker kind of superheroes theme which I appreciate a lot more. Most of the action sequences are spot on, and keep the viewer at the edge of their seat. Snyder uses all the tools at his disposal but he doesn’t overdo it, with shaky cam and unbearable effects as he did in Man of Steal. All the effects are a lot subtler and much more expertly utilised. Combine that with a marvellous music score from Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer (that wonder woman theme is gold), it’s simply stunning to watch at times.
The main story, is most of the time well thought, and impressively well carried out. There are some new ideas that come into the premise of the movie, that aren’t rehashed from previous Superman films and what was also interesting, was the ways that he was challenged in this movie. After all there’s not that much a human can do to hurt him. However, there are a lot of moments when I found myself laughing in the cinema, at the ridiculousness of events that unfolded or actions of characters that occurred. And don’t get me started on the fact that they listened to the moaning of fans about the death count. For every fight scene, there is a news report, saying there weren’t many people around, or the event are occurring outside of the city.
In the end the film misses out on quality, due to the weaknesses in the script and the silly, nonsensical scenes, of which there are more than few. Yet it’s a fresh idea and incredibly pleasing experience.